Posted by Mickster on November 02, 2000 at 17:24:45:
In Reply to: Total beginner. posted by Emma on November 02, 2000 at 16:38:56:
: Hi all!
: WOW this board is good!
: Anyway, I've just bought myself a basic Fender Squire affinity p-bass, I'm a total beginner so I guessed I'd better start basic.
: I'm thinking of building my own amp, does anyone know the frequency ranges I should aim for? Would a sub woofer do the job?
: And I've only ever used roundwound strings, should i try other types? I've heard that flats are better for Rock styles, is this true?
: thanks for any answers,
Hi Emma,(my granmother's name)
Welcome to the forum.You bet your 34 inch scale length this board is good.
O.K.As for the stings:Roundwounds sound very bright,metalic and ring like
crazy.Flatwounds sound dull by comparison, are more percussive,ie;they have
a much quicker attack and a more abrupt decay(their sound fades faster)and
are much closer to an upright bass's sound,if that's what you want.Neither
one is better,just different.
As for building your own amp;Bass amps are a little more difficult than
guitar amps due to the need for a port,which should be tuned to a particular
frequency dictated by which size and model of speaker(s) you're using.
A four sting bass bottoms out at about 40 hertz.A five string I'm not
exactly sure.One of the other guys will probably jump in here and give
some advise.I know a little enough about amp construction to advise you
that it's hard to get it right unless you've had some experience making
speaker cabinets.If you port it incorrectly some notes will BOOM while
others will be lost,and this could discourage you from playing.I'll
see if I have any of my old plans lying around,if I do I'll let you
know.Come back and visit often.
Jazz it up you newbie,
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